June 7th, 2007
In real life, there are prosecutors lurking around every corner. If you drive your car too fast, or park in the wrong spot, the prosecutors are out to accuse you of wrongdoing and make you pay for your misdemeanour. If you say something politically incorrect in public, then the self-appointed guardians of political correctness are waiting to howl you down and publicly castigate you. School teachers are ready to accuse you if you step out of line. Police officers are ready to fine you. Your boss is ready to rebuke you or demote you or sack you. Worst of all, perhaps, is the little accusatory voice in your mind…
The Revelation to John — Chapter 12
12:1 A significant omen appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. 12:2 She was pregnant, and cried out in pain, labouring to give birth. 12:3 Another omen appeared in heaven: a huge red dragon, with seven heads and ten horns, and on its heads seven crowns. 12:4 Its tail dragged one third of the stars from the sky, and threw them to the earth. The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth it could devour her child. 12:5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who would rule all nations with an iron rod. Her child was seized and taken up to God, and to his throne. 12:6 The woman ran away into the desert, to a place prepared for her by God. She would be taken care of there for 1,260 days.
12:7 There was war in heaven. Michael and his angels attacked the dragon, and the dragon and his angels fought back, 12:8 but they were defeated, and forced out of heaven. 12:9 The huge dragon was thrown down, the old snake who is called the devil and Satan, the deceiver of the whole world. He was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him. 12:10 I heard a loud voice in heaven, saying, “Now the salvation, the power, and the Kingdom of our God, and the authority of his Christ have come. The accuser of our people, who accused them before our God day and night, has been thrown down. 12:11 They have defeated him because of the blood of the Lamb, and because of the message of their testimony. They did not cling to life, even when they faced death. 12:12 So celebrate, heavens, and everyone living in them. Woe to the earth and to the sea, because the devil has gone down to you, very angry because he knows that he has little time left.”
12:13 When the dragon saw that it had been thrown down to the earth, it chased after the woman who had given birth to the male child. 12:14 The woman was given two huge eagle’s wings, so that she could fly away from the snake to her place in the desert, where she could be taken care of for a time, and times, and half a time. 12:15 The snake spewed water out of its mouth after the woman like a river, in an attempt to sweep her away. 12:16 The earth helped the woman by opening its mouth and swallowing the river which the dragon spewed out of its mouth. 12:17 The dragon was furious with the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her children, who obey God’s commandments and are faithful to Jesus’s teachings. 12:18 The dragon stood on the sand beside the sea.
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